Our Team

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JP Gladu

President and CEO

Jean Paul (JP) Gladu is currently the President and CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) based in Toronto. Anishinaabe from Thunder Bay JP is a member of Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek located on the eastern shores of Lake Nipigon, Ontario. JP completed a forestry technician diploma in 1993, obtained an undergraduate degree in forestry from Northern Arizona University in 2000, holds an Executive MBA from Queens University and the ICD.D from Rotman School of Management University of Toronto. JP has over two decades of experience in the natural resource sector. His career path includes work with Aboriginal communities and organizations, environmental non-government organizations, industry and governments from across Canada.  In JP’s current capacity at CCAB, he speaks extensively not only across Canada but internationally as he shares the challenges and successes of Aboriginal business in Canada today.

Currently, JP serves on the Board of Ontario Power Generation and Noront Resources as well as the Canadian Electricity Association Public Advisory Panel.  He has most recently been appointed as the Chancellor of St. Paul’s University College Waterloo.  His previous appointments include Colleges and Institutes Canada (previously ACCC), the Northern Policy Institute, Canadian Foundation for Economic Education, advisory member to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, a committee member to the Provincial Forest Policy Committee. In 2014, he was identified as a Diversity 50 Board Ready Candidate from the Canadian Board Diversity Council and a recipient of the Community Service Award – Transformation Awards from Diversity Magazine.

As a father to his young daughter Chloe, along with a passion for his community, his culture and traditions; JP brings the past, present and future to the table, moving non-Aboriginal and Aboriginal business toward sustainable partnerships and shared economic prosperity.

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Tabatha Bull

Chief Operating Officer

Tabatha Bull is currently the COO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business in Toronto. Tabatha is Anishinaabe and a proud member of Nipissing First Nation near North Bay, Ontario. An electrical engineer from the University of Waterloo, Tabatha spent the first 2 decades of her career in the electrical consulting and energy industry. Prior to joining the CCAB, Tabatha led the First Nations and Métis Relations team at the IESO, Ontario’s electricity system operator. In that time she focussed on building strong relationships with Indigenous communities and leaders in Ontario and developing partnerships, procurement and capacity development programs to enable Indigenous communities to be active participants and partners in the Energy Sector.

As a testament to her passion to better the lives of Indigenous people and stay connected to her community, Tabatha is in her 12th year as a Director on the Board of Wigwamen Housing Inc.; the oldest and largest urban Indigenous housing provider in Ontario.

Tabatha is the proud mom to two boys and can often be found in a hockey arena or at the baseball diamond.

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Ashley Robin

Executive Assistant 

Ashley Robin has been working at the CCAB as the Executive Assistant to the CEO and COO since April, 2019. After obtaining a diploma in Business Administration from Cambrian College, Ashley began her career in the research department of Shaw Media. Ashley has always had a passion for business, and in 2017, she opened one of the first virtual reality arcades in Toronto. Ashley enjoys learning the inner-workings of all different types of businesses; having worked as a project coordinator and labourer for a renovation company; partnering with an escape room business in downtown Toronto; and analyzing data for multiple media companies.  Ashley is very excited to continue her journey with the CCAB.

Ashley was born in Cochrane, Ontario and is of Anishnaabe decent. She moved to Toronto in 2013, and has been enjoying life in the big city with her wife. She enjoys traveling to new places, exploring Toronto, doing escape rooms, and spending time with friends and family.

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Tashina Migwans Odjig joined CCAB as the receptionist in March 2019. Tashina is a proud Anishnaabe woman from the Home of the Great Spirit Mnido Mnising, also known as Manitoulin Island. Tashina has 11 years of experience in the administrative sector working with on & off reserve Indigenous communities. Tashina is a recent graduate of the 2018 Aboriginal BEST Program, (Business Entrepreneurship Skills Training Program) and a 2017 Graduate from George Brown College’s Fashion Exchange Program. She joins us from previous employers, M’Chigeeng First Nation Administration, Wikwemikong Development Commission, Na-Me-Res (Native Men’s Residence), Ontario First Nation Technical Services Corporation (OFNTSC) & the Native Canadian Center of Toronto. Tashina is committed to assist Indigenous growth and self-determination. Tashina is the proud mother of one daughter, and currently resides in Toronto, ON.

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Lynda Keith

Director, Marketing

Lynda Keith has worked in the Marketing, Communications, Special Events and Sponsorship industries for over 25 years and is the principal of Lynda Keith – Marketing, Communications & Events. She began her career at the Bay, heading up the Special Events Dept. for their flagship store and later was promoted to Senior Manager, National Special Events for the retail chain. Between positions at the Bay, Lynda took on the role of Director, Marketing and Retail Services for Yorkdale Shopping Centre. Next, Lynda turned her sights to the non-profit sector becoming Manager, Marketing and Communications, for the Toronto Zoo. Most recently Lynda was the Director, Resource Development, for Camp Maple Leaf, a camp for disadvantaged kids and children of Military families. Lynda has a B.A. in Communications from the University of Windsor.

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Kate Maynard

Marketing Associate, Events & Awards

Kate has over 25 years of planning, managing and executing a variety of events. She began her event career at a grass-roots non-profit promoting children’s literacy and a love of reading, moved on to coordinating fundraising events for women and children escaping violence, and spent the last 12 years managing events and raising funds at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto. Kate is thrilled to be working with CCAB and when not at work, she likes spending time with her family and friends, reading and hanging out in Riverdale where they live.

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Sandy Gene

Senior Associate, Marketing & Communications

Sandy’s background in marketing, communications and public relations lends to a seasoned multi-tasker. Working with educators, in the arts, government, and private sector, she has managed several major projects, business initiatives, and has provided professional and educational writing and editing. Experienced in public and media relations, she has also managed events, conferences, and board/government affairs. Sandy, an avid traveller and outdoor enthusiast, has lived in Toronto for over 25 years with her husband, Dave; they have two daughters.

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Amanda Charles

Communications Associate

Amanda is Anishinaabe with roots in Mnjikaning First Nation. In 2014, she graduated with a Bachelor of Management, major in Environment, Sustainability and Society from Dalhousie University. Soon after graduating, she moved to Toronto and dipped her toes in fundraising at Anduhyaun Inc., the shelter for Indigenous women in Toronto. She soon developed a passion for messaging and branding and moved on to communications and marketing at Indspire. For nearly 4 years at Indspire, she worked closely with the Indspire Award recipients, deepening her understanding of the diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples across Canada. In her spare time, she can be found running around on the ultimate frisbee field.

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Sarah Pineda

Marketing Assistant

Sarah Pineda is Native American and Hispanic descent, dedicated to Indigenous economic development and inclusion. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Social Work Honours Degree from Wilfrid Laurier University where she completed several Indigenous courses and field practicums with focus on developing evidence-based research advocating for marginalized populations. Through this experience, Sarah pursued her curiosity of stakeholder relations and communications by immersing herself in the world of Public Relations at Humber College as a new Torontonian in 2018.

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Ken Montour

Director, Membership

Ken Montour (Bear Clan) is a Mohawk from the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory and is currently the Director of Membership for the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB).

Ken completed an e-Business Diploma from Mohawk College and then went on to receive his BA in Communication Studies from Brock University.

Previously Ken worked at the Chiefs of Ontario, and for 9 years, was honoured to have an exciting career at Indspire (formerly the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation), growing into a seasoned fundraising professional, working primarily with Corporate Relations. Through Indspire, Ken worked on a total of 22 career conferences for Indigenous high school students, 9 Indspire Awards that honours Indigenous Achievement across Canada and the first 4 National Gathering for Indigenous Education conferences.

While not stewarding relationships between the private sector and Indigenous charities, Ken can be found at 12,000 feet; as a Skydiving enthusiast and videographer, filming students and other professional skydivers!

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Summer Jones

Senior Coordinator, Membership

Summer Jones is currently the Senior Coordinator, Membership at the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB).  Summer is of Anishinaabe decent and actively maintains a connection to her roots, culture and community. Summer was born on a southern Ontario farm, lived across North America and currently calls Toronto her home. Her career started out in the culinary arts where her love of food allowed her to nurture her administrative, management and coordination skills. Before joining CCAB, she was working as an account manager at Royal Bank where she further cultivated her customer service skills. Summer has numerous years working with the public and is excited to be a part of the CCAB team. When she’s not at work, Summer enjoys practicing Shaolin martial arts, making music, and spending time in nature with her loved ones.

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Jesse Steckley

Membership Assistant

Jesse is Anishinaabe from Wasauksing First Nation. Currently, Jesse is assisting the membership department for the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB).

Jesse received a diploma from Georgian College’s Aboriginal Community and Social Development program. Following, Jesse furthered his education in Indigenous Studies at Trent University and went on to diversify his skill set by achieving a web-developer certificate.

On his leisure time, Jesse likes to be creative in a variety of art mediums, cooking, and biking. He is interested in technology and Indigenous community development.

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Paul-Emile McNab

Director, Business Development and Strategic Initiatives

Paul-Emile re-joined the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business on October 31st, 2016. Prior to that, he was active in the field of Research, Consulting and Business Development for fifteen years. In 2007, he completed his honours degree in History, Political Science and Canadian Studies at the University of Toronto. In 2010, he completed his Masters in Environmental Studies at York University with a focus on Indigenous knowledge and a Major Research Paper titled The Traditional Rights of Ways on the Walpole Island First Nation.

He is a Métis scholar who has been published in numerous books, articles and magazines. He has served as a Member of the Research Advisory Committee with Canadian Energy Research Institute, a Member of the Leadership Advisory Circle for the Indigenous Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship with the City of Toronto and the Chair of the National Advisory Committee with ORIGIN Inc. He is of Métis descent with ancestors attached to Métis Scrip applications and currently resides in Toronto.

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Philip Ducharme

Director, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Philip Ducharme is a proud Metis with all eight of his Great-Grandparents attached to Metis Scrip applications. He graduated from the University of Regina through the Gabriel Dumont Institute in Business Administration. Philip has spent the last 20 years working with numerous national Aboriginal organizations helping to advance Aboriginal peoples in various sectors including business, employment, education and health.

Philip has rejoined CCAB as the Director, Innovation and Entrepreneurship and is excited to be part of CCAB’s advancement Aboriginal business in Canada.

Philip’s greatest passion is road trips and is proud to say that he has driven the entire Trans Canada Highway from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean.

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Tracy Morningstar

TFAB Program Coordinator

Tracy Morningstar was born and raised in Mississauga #8 First Nation, at the mouth of the Mississauga River on the North Shore of Lake Huron (Blind River, Ontario).   After a 1994 Land Claim trust was created, Tracy entered her name and was successfully elected as a Trustee for the Mississaugi Trust (June 2006-2012).

Prior to coming to CCAB, Tracy was the Administration Coordinator for New Gold during the construction phase of the Rainy River mine. After the construction phase of the mine, Tracy was responsible for a number of duties related to contract administration and large contract procurement practices. Prior to that she worked as a Chef and Administrator for two food service companies in Northwestern Ontario. Tracy also enjoys pitching for the “Red Gut Babes” in the Rainy River District Women’s fastball league. She looks forward to watching the Toronto Blue Jays and Raptors games in the city.

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Shaymus McFadden

Senior Coordinator, Supply Change

Shaymus McFadden is currently the Senior Coordinator, Supply Change at the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business in Toronto. Prior to joining CCAB, Shaymus co-led the Indigenous Consulting Practice for Ontario and Quebec at MNP, one of Canada’s largest accounting and advisory firms. During that time, Shaymus worked with over 40 Indigenous communities and organizations on a wide variety of strategic engagements.

Shaymus graduated from the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University, completing a double major in finance and economics. Shaymus was also a member of the varsity football team and competed nationally in business strategy competitions.

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Luanne Whitecrow

Director of Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) Program

Luanne Whitecrow is an Ojibway from the Seine River First Nation in Ontario. She graduated from the Toronto School of Business with diplomas in Micro Computer Business Applications, Network and Communications, and Office Administration. She has 5 years’ experience working within the Aboriginal community in the Greater Toronto Area, where she worked at the Aboriginal Business Resource Centre in marketing and promotion for the Toronto Aboriginal Business Association, its annual TABA Awards, and the Small Business Certificate Program. She played a key role in providing networking and guided support to Aboriginal artists in multiple disciplines: music, art, crafts, and other business ventures.

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Brenda Thwaites

Program Coordinator, PAR Program

Brenda is a member of Serpent River First Nation, born in Toronto, Ontario. As a busy mother of two girls, she enjoys being active in volunteering at school and being in nature – taking long walks with family. Previously, Brenda has held customer service management roles with Sears Canada and program delivery support at Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training.

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Max Skudra

Director, Research & Government Relations

Max has a background in Human Rights, business development and finance. He began his career working for Human Rights Watch in Toronto and New York. He later worked in the financial services industry, performing derivatives administration and valuations analysis in Toronto. Max went on to organize micro-finance and community savings programs in marginalized areas of Bogota, Colombia.

Since 2011 Max has been working for the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, conducting research on the Aboriginal economy. His research has led to reports on Aboriginal entrepreneurs, Community owned corporations, and Aboriginal business relationships, as well as conferences and roundtables on these topics across the country. This work has informed the Government of Ontario’s $25 million Aboriginal Economic Development Fund, federal and provincial policy, corporate strategy and academic research. Max took a year off to undertake a Master’s degree in Global Development, focusing on Indigenous business development, at Queen’s University. He has since returned to the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business and is currently working on developing the business case for local Aboriginal procurement in the mining sector. He is also organizing a series of roundtables and conferences funded by a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

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Samantha Morton

Project Manager

Samantha Morton obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree in Global Development Studies from Queen’s University in 2014. Shortly after that, her passion for diversity and inclusion led her to a position at the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) where she assisted on a number of projects related to the connection, celebration, and advancement of female leaders. Prior to joining CCAB, Samantha was Manager, Member and Client Engagement, for both the Women’s Executive Network and its sister organization, the Canadian Board Diversity Council. She has extensive experience in proposal writing, project management, and client engagement strategy. In her spare time Samantha participates as a Mentor at the Working Women Community Centre, a charitable organization that aims to help immigrant women adjust to living and working in Toronto.

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Katarina Savic

Research Coordinator

Katarina Savic is a recent graduate from York University, completing her International Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Political Science and Business. During her third year of study, she did a semester abroad at the University of Geneva where she became advanced in speaking and writing in French. Her love for travel and learning about new cultures took her to travel the world and visit over 20 countries.

Katarina’s strong interest in Aboriginal affairs has led her to her current role as Research Coordinator. Prior to that, her two years of work experience as Student Services Assistant at the York University English Language Institute enhanced her organizational and communication skills which makes her very fit for this position. Outside of work, you can find Katarina volunteering at Native Child and Family Services, tutoring foreigners to improve their English, or at the local gym.

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Andy Avgerinos

Research Coordinator

Andy Avgerinos has a background in the diverse field of Cognitive Science, which seeks to define and explain mental processes, driving him to look deeper into the knowledge, opinions, and past behaviour of target groups. Andy is committed to doing his part to support reconciliation and is always looking for ways to give back to the Indigenous community. In his spare time, Andy enjoys learning about mindfulness meditation and has even participated in a 12-day Vipassana meditation retreat in Eggbert, Ontario, where he practiced mindfulness 10 hours per day!

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Amanda Powless

Finance Coordinator

Amanda Powless is a proud member of Oneida Nation of the Thames, born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. She graduated from Seneca College with an Accounting Diploma.

Amanda has over 15 years’ experience working in the numerous aboriginal and non-aboriginal accounting fields, including manufacturing, housing, and political  organizations. Amanda is excited to work with CCAB. When not at work, Amanda enjoys spending her time back in Oneida with her Family and Friends.

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Maxz Macalino

Finance Coordinator

Maxz graduated from Western University in June 2019, with a bachelor’s degree in BMOS (Business Management and Organization Studies) specializing in the field of Accounting. He was a former CCAB summer student trainee in 2018 and has enjoyed his time and opportunity of hands on learning under the Finance department. This summer training led him to come back on semesterly breaks to work as a short time support for CCAB’s finance department. He is now working full time as a Finance Coordinator, outside the office, he has a passion for dancing. This dancing hobby has allowed him to compete in dance studio competitions all over Ontario and even take part as a representative for Team Canada in Italy in the year 2015, competing against countries from all over the world. Developing characteristics of being hard working, patience and dedication from his trainings on both dancing and academics, he now looks forward to bringing those characteristics to the CCAB team.

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